The “fantastic co-operation” from the farming community in development of roads has been acknowledged by Michael Nolan, chief executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
“Without that, I would say the roads programme would have lasted a further two or three years, and would have cost a further €200 million or €300 million,” he told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Working with the IFA and the farming community in developing a code of practice was critical to the success of the past 20 years, he said.
“We developed the code of practice with the IFA, and agreed it with Government and the IFA.
“That paid major dividends with co-operation from landowners.
“They allowed us to go on site to do surveys. They moved cattle when we wanted to do something on site.”
Transport Infrastructure Ireland is the state agency dealing with road and public transport infrastructure.
It was established in 2015 by merging the former National Roads Authority and Railway Procurement Agency.